The work of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is to enhance public appreciation for the communities, significant historic and natural resources, and landscapes of the Niagara region. The National Heritage area works through a network of heritage area partners who seek to make interpretive, environmental, economic and social improvements that benefits residents and visitors alike. Where initiative is lacking, the National Heritage Area will fill the gap. In pursuing this mission, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area encourages historic preservation, recreational access and environmental recovery. We value authenticity, cultural diversity, high-quality design, energy efficiency, regional and cross border leadership, open communication and transparent operations.
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!